Sussex on the south coast of England offers excellent
diving ranging from reefs to wrecks. East Sussex dive sites are
varied and cater for both novices and the more adventurous advanced
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center
for safety, additional information, level required for each dive
site and without being accompanied by a professional. All the
information provided is purely informative for our readers and
shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Some East Sussex dive sites are:
Seaford Beach makes a good shore dive off the
beach at the Martello Tower on a reef. There are big rocks
with lobsters and crabs. The beach is really diver friendly
and it is possible to reach the seaford ledges from there. The
depths are between 6 and 10 metres (20-33 feet).
Seaford Ledges and Gulleys. It's possible to
dive the ledges at any tide and the gulleys are rich in marine
life such as blennies, wrasse and ballan. The
site is suitable for novices and is popular with the local fishermen
because of the abundance of lobsters and crabs
here. Some wreckage can be seen stuck at the
bottom of the deep gullies.
The Celtic is a Belgian trawler that sunk in
1958 while under tow. She's quite broken and dispersed. The depth
of this site is 24 metres (78 feet).
The Devon Coast, a British Steamer went down
in 1909 following a collision. She's also called the "stone ship"
as she had a cargo of cement which has now solidified to form
a "stone". Living around this wreck is a lot of shellfish.
City of Brisbane was sunk in 1918 by UB-57. She
is quite broken but the bow section can still be easily recognised.
There's a lot of life around the City of Brisbane including loads
of mussels, lobsters and crabs and it is a very popular
site. However divers should beware of monofilament fishing line
around the wreck. The depth is around 25 metres
Fortuna is a Dutch steamship which was mined
in 1916. This ship had a cargo of cement and paper sacks which
have with time solidified. She's upright and almost and the most
damage is seen in the stern section which is presumed to be due
to the mine damage. However, because it's very silty aorund this
wreck, divers must take precautions because the
visibility can be greatly affected at times.
TR Thompson was taken by surprise and sunk by
UB-57 1918. She's facing east and is upright with a break in the
You may find shells near the stern, the highest
point where a gun of 4.7 inches was mounted.
Vasco was an armed merchantman that hit a mine
in 1916 leading to her sinking. More than 15 lives were lost.
She was carring a general cargo. She's at a depth of 32 metres
(104 feet) upright and facing east.
Clodmoor an armed merchantman went down in 1917
after being torpedoed. She lies at a depth of 26 metres (85 feet)
and is quite broken, the bow section in upright and the midships
up to the stern are upside down. It's big iron propeller is suspended
midwater and is still attached to the propshaft. A good part of
the midship is covered in sand but one can still make out form
of the keel along the topmost part of this section.